IRVINE, CA (March 17, 2011): On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, the Irvine Police Department, in conjunction with Tustin Unified School District’s Beckman High School, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving traffic collision. The collision will be staged on El Camino Real North, between El Camino Real and Bryan Avenue, as part of the Every 15 Minutes program.
Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students, the impact drinking and driving has on friends, families, and the community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision near the high school, involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. A Hollywood special effects coordinator assists to provide realism to the accident scene. The accident includes police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, and tow truck responses, just as an actual collision would require.
The mock accident will take place for approximately forty-five minutes; however, the roadway will be closed for several hours. The additional closure time is required for safety during scene set-up and breakdown. As such, on March 22, 2011, El Camino Real North between Bryan Avenue and El Camino Real will be closed between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Motorists who typically use El Camino Real North to access the school will need to use the Bryan Avenue entrance during the closure.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol. This event is supported by the City of Irvine, Orange County Fire Authority, California Highway Patrol, Pacific View Mortuary, Doctor’s Ambulance, and many other community partners.
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